NASCAR moves to Texas and the Texas Motor Speedway with new rules hen it comes to qualifying. As the Monster Energy Cup Series takes to the track to qualify for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, they must be mindful of where stage themselves before heading out on the track; as ell as, watching their speeds on pit road.
Timmy Hill was aught speeding on pit road heading for the track and will have to come back and start over.
Clint Bowyer brought out the caution flag when he got loose and got into the wall. The caution flag stops the clock and laps being run when the caution flag comes out do not count.
Alex Bowman also hit the wall and will have to go to a backup car.
After three rounds of qualifying Jimmie Johnson will sit on the pole after leading all three rounds and bring the field to the green flag. William Byron will start alongside to make it an all Hendricks Motor Sports front row.
The starting lineup for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Martin Truex Jr
After winning the Truck and Xfinity Series races, Kyle Busch is looking to sweep the weekend and go home with three trophies for the third time; but pole sitter Jimmie Johnson is looking to end his winless streak and notch a spot in the playoffs.
Stages one and two of the race are 85 laps each with stage three lasting 164 laps for a total of 334 laps.
Alex Bowman in a backup car and Ryan Newman with inspection issues will have to start the race from the back of the field.
Jimmie Johnson brings the field down for the green flag and gets out in front of team mate William Byron for the lead.
Seven laps in, Jimmie Johnson has pulled out to a lead of over a second on second place driver Chase Elliott.
Erik Jones brings out the first caution flag of the race on lap 15 when he gets loose and spins out.
Some of the drivers bring their cars down pit road for service. A number of them are taking fuel only.
Kyle Busch did not see his pit stall and passed it by.
Jimmie Johnson brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 19 and holds on to his lead.
Lap 25, Jimmie Johnson continues to lead the race, but he is being challenged by Joey ogano, Chase Elliott, and Austin Dillon who are all on Johnson’s bumper.
Lap 35, Jimmie Johnson has led every lap so far and shows no signs of giving it up.
FOX pit reporter Larry McReynods reports that his crew were not aware that Kyle Busch was coming down pit road and did not put the sign out in time.
Lap 41, leader Jimmie Johnson just ran his fastest lap of the race.
Lap 43, Jimmie Johnson has led more laps today then he did all of last season.
Aric Almirola is battling the flu and is not feeling very well. Prior to the race, he had three bags of fluids at the infield care center.
Lap 53, Jimmie Johnson has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Joey Logano.
With 26 laps remaining in stage one, the drivers begin making green flag pit stops.
Austin Dillon takes over the lead when Jimmie Johnson comes down pit road.
Austin Dillon makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Kyle Busch. He is the only driver who has not made a pit stop.
Denny Hamlin is caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a drive through penalty.
On lap 65, Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road and gives the lead over to William Byron.
As the drivers who made pit stops on lap 16 make pit stops with less than 10 laps in stage one, the leaderboard continues to move.
Lap 79, Clint Bowyer takes over the lead of the race when leader William Byron comes down pit road.
Alex Bowman was charged with making a commitment cone violation and will have to serve a pass through penalty.
Joey Logano takes over the lead when Clint Bowyer comes down pit road.
Joey Logano wins stage one for his second stage win of the season.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Ryan Preece is slowed on the track out of fuel.
Taking only two tires, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road. Austin Dillon also took only two tires.
Brad Keselowski slowly comes down pit road with rear end issues.
Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag start of stage tow on lap 93. The top six drivers did not make a pit stop during the stage break.
Barreling through the field, Kyle Busch went three wide, bumping his brother on the way, to move into third place.
Brother Kurt Busch returns the favour and makes it three wide on Kyle.
Martin Truex Jr is in the lead with Kyle Busch in second on lap 97.
Lap 98, Kyle Busch challenges Martin Truex Jr for the lead and passes to become the new leader.
Brad Keselowski takes his car to the garage.
Chase Elliott passes Kyle Busch for the lead on lap 109.
Lap 115, Chase Elliott holds on to his lead with Kyle Busch in second.
Lap 120 Chase Elliott leads the race with 23 cars on the lead lap. Brad Keselowski is the only car off the track – he is in the garage where the team is attempting to make mechanical repairs.
Lap 128, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Kyle Busch and Joey Logano who are battling for second.
With 32 laps remaining in stage two, divers begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.
Lap 130, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race and has a lead of over a second on Joey Logano.
Kyle Busch is reporting that he is having down force issues.
Chase Elliott makes his pit stop giving the lead over to Joey Logano.
Kyle Busch takes the lead when Joey Logano makes his pit stop.
Fifty-six laps down, rad Keselowski returns to the track.
The caution flag comes out with 22 laps remaining in stage two when Kyle Larson hit the wall and the car was flaming as he came down pit road.
Kyle Larson becomes the first driver out of the race.
Pit road has been closed for an extended period of time to get the fire in Kyle Larson’s car out and then get it cleaned up.
The drivers bring their cars down pit road.
Taking fuel only, Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road; taking four tires, Kyle Busch is out second.
Joey Logano was charged with an uncontrolled tire on pit road.
Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 159 and swaps the lead back and forth with Kyle Busch before Hamlin finally takes the top spot.
Joey Logano is reporting that his hood is popping up and down.
Denny Hamlin wins stage two for his first stage win of the season.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Taking fuel only, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road. Jimmie Johnson also took fuel only.
Martin Truex Jr is having some roof flap issues on pit road.
Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick were charged with pit road violations of uncontrolled tires on pit road.
After staying out on the track, Ryan Blaney brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 178 and gets out in front for the lead.
Paul Menard brings his car down pit road with a vibration.
With 130 laps to go, Kurt Busch brings his car down pit road with a vibration.
Kyle Busch battle Daniel Suarez for second place…so far Suarez holds on to the spot.
With 120 laps remaining in the race, there have 10 leaders in today’s race.
With 120 laps to go, Austin Dillon makes his green flag pit top; the remaining drivers will be down shortly.
Kurt Busch’s vibration was a tire coming apart…similar to what happened to team mate Kyle Larson’s car before he hit the wall.
Ryan Blaney makes his green flag pit stop with 117 laps to go and giving the lead over to Daniel Suarez.
With 113 to go, Daniel Suarez brings his car in for service and gives the lead to Kyle Busch as green flag pit stops begin.
Ryan Blaney had to make an unscheduled pit stop with possible engine issues.
Clint Bowyer is reporting possible alternator or battery issues.
Ryan Blaney’s car is being pushed to the garage.
One hundred to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of nearly seven second over Airc Almirola; Denny Hamlin s over eleven seconds back in third.
Leader Kyle Busch rings his car down pit road for service with 96 lap to go, giving the lead over to Jimmie Johnson.
Jimmie Johnson comes down pit road and Daniel Suarez takes the lead.
Kyle Busch passes Daniel Suarez to take the lead on lap 246 and pulls out to a one second lead in just over a lap.
The caution flag comes out on lap 254 for Daniel Hemric and his flat tire.
Taking fuel only, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.
After staying out on the track, Aric Almirola brings the field down for the green flag restart with 75 laps remaining in the race but it is Erik Jones who takes the lead.
Kyle Busch passes team mate Erik Jones with 70 laps remaining in the race to take the lead.
Kyle Busch gets up the track and drops to fourth place; Erik Jones takes the lead of the race on lap 275.
With 53 laps remaining in the race Kyle Busch brings his car down pit road for a tire change after slapping the wall and drops to 18th, one lap down.
Of the 15 cars on the lead lap, only Denny Hamlin has won a race this season.
Forty to go, the cycle of green flag pit stops have begun.
Erik Jones make his green flag pit stop with 31 laps to go and gives the lead over to Denny Hamlin.
Twenty to go, Denny Hamlin is in the lead, but he and the remainder of the top eleven drivers cannot finish the race on their current fuel load and will have to make a stop.
Denny Hamlin makes his trip to pit road and gives the lead to William Byron.
William Byron comes down pit road and gives the lead to Austin Dillon.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr was caught speeding on pit road.
Austin Dion makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Denny Hamlin.
Five to go, Denny Hamlin leads the race by nearly two seconds. Hamlin had two penalties in the race today.
Denny Hamlin takes the white flag.
Denny Hamlin wins the race by over two seconds and thwarts the sweep of team mate Kyle Busch.
The O’Reilly Auto Parts results:
Martin Truex Jr
Ricky Stenhouse Jr